On a positive note, it’s a sign Spring is here, but if you like your sleep, you’re getting an hour less when you wake up Sunday morning.
Daylight Savings Time starts once again in Canada. Something we’ve been doing since 1908, On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today’s Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world’s first DST period. Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST. The cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba did so on April 24, 1916. This year, the Province of Saskatchewan will not implement DST.
It is up to the legislation in each municipality in Canada to decide on the use of DST. As a result, there are some locations don’t follow the DST schedule of their in provinces and territories. For example, while British Columbia uses DST, some locations in the province do not. These include Chetwynd, Creston, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John. In Saskatchewan, it is the opposite. Most of the province does not observe DST, except for some locations, including Creighton and Denare Beach.
Since 2007, all provinces, territories, and locations in Canada using DST follow the same start and end dates as the United States. In 2007, Daylight Saving got a few weeks longer, running from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
About 70 countries around the world observe daylight saving, but many countries near the equator do not.
The Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services says the beginning and end of Daylight Savings Time is the perfect reminder to not just set your clocks but to change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors too and passes along the following tips.
Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services reminds residents to change their clocks (one hour forward) this weekend, along with testing all hard-wired and battery-operated smoke alarms to ensure they are in working condition.
Clocks officially turn forward on March 10, 2019, 2:00 a.m. This weekend when you change the clocks forward one hour, change the batteries in ALL smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. All alarms should be tested monthly. Remember, all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms expire – check the date on the back of each alarm and replace according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
“Working smoke alarms are a crucial part of fire safety in the home,” says Public Education Officer Aaron Gravelle. “Early warning from working smoke alarms alerts people to the presence of smoke and can give them time to escape safely.”
It is the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms. Carbon monoxide alarms must be installed outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.
Along with having and maintaining working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, Sault Fire Services stresses the importance of developing a home escape plan. You may have less than two minutes to safely escape your home if a fire occurs. Ensure everyone knows two ways out of each room and have an outdoor meeting place.